Eligible residents and businesses must apply by this date to receive support from the Fund
Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is Nov. 5.
All eligible* residents and businesses impacted by the Sept. 13 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by Oct. 1, you may be eligible to apply.
“The goal of the Fund is to gift $550 to every single household or business that is eligible,” said Beth Francis, president and CEO of Essex County Community Foundation. “We are urging people to spread the word about the application deadline to friends and neighbors – especially those without Internet and email access – so we can help as many people as possible.”
On Sept. 13, explosions and fires caused by over-pressurized Columbia Gas lines ripped through neighborhoods in the three communities, killing one man, injuring dozens of others and destroying homes. On Oct. 1, Governor Charlie Baker, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera and Andover and North Andover Town Managers Andrew Flanagan and Andrew Maylor initiated the Fund at ECCF to provide much-needed support to those affected.
As of Oct. 18, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund has received over 10,000 applications, and 6,726 gifts of $550 – totaling nearly $3.7 million – have been delivered to those struggling from the long-term effects of being without gas service. The Fund has also been working with local nonprofits to provide additional services to those with the greatest need.
“Fund advisors, our nonprofit partners, volunteers and staff have been working so hard to make this all happen,” said Francis. “But again, we really want to make sure we are reaching all those who are eligible.”
The easiest way to apply is still online at www.GLDRF.org. Applications are also being accepted by calling 211 and by visiting an application drop-in center, though locations and drop-in center hours have changed, effective Oct. 22 – Nov. 9:
Hours and Locations for application drop-in centers for Oct. 22-Nov. 9
Lawrence Senior Center
155 Haverhill St., Lawrence
Monday: 11am – 7pm
Tuesday: 11am – 7pm
Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday: 11am – 3pm
* New applications will not be accepted after Nov. 5
Andover/North Andover YMCA
165 Haverhill St., Andover
* New applications will not be accepted after Nov. 5.
“If you are eligible, you must apply by Nov. 5,” said Francis. “We do not want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to receive the support they need.”
More Information at: eccf.org/
North Andover’s Community Support Coordinator, Deanna Cruz, is working in partnership with the North Andover Police Department to help coordinate North Andover’s participation in the DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deanna is responsible for developing new and innovative programs which will support community members, including businesses, in times of crisis. As Community Support Coordinator, Deanna also has a preventative and reactive role working to connect individuals and families to the appropriate levels of care for wellness and prevention relating to mental health and substance misuse. Additionally, Deanna is also accessible for confidential drop-in consultations and for friend and family member referrals.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Keep them safe. Clean them out. Take them back.
Drop-off you unused, unwanted, or expired prescriptions at one of our, North Andover Drug Take Back Sites on Saturday, October 27, 2018:
- Police Station Lobby (permanent site, kiosk available year round)
- First & Main Market Place, CVS parking lot, 109 Main St.
- Walgreens parking lot, 800 Waverly Rd.
Accepted Medications are as follows:
- Expired or unwanted prescription medications for you, a family member or pet
- Medication from a deceased family member
- Prescription patches
- Over the counter medicines
- Liquid medications
- Medications for businesses or clinics
- Aerosol cans
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Illegal drugs
*The North Andover Fire Department accepts sharps under certain conditions, if you have any you would like disposed of you will have to follow these guidelines.
Items may be dropped off at the following two locations:
- North Andover Fire Headquarters located at 795 Chickering Road (24/7)
- The Health Department located in the town hall (120 Main Street) during normal business hours. If you have any questions in relation to sharps disposal at town hall please contact: Caroline Ibbitson, Public Health Nurse (978) 688-9540
Did you know that according to the MA Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) 67,498 prescriptions for opioids were written in Essex County, MA from April 2018 – June 2018 alone?If these are in your home and you’re not using them…dispose of them!
For more information on National Drug Take Back Day, Opioid Misuse, or Substance Abuse Prevention contact North Andover’s Community Support Coordinator https://www.northandoverma.gov/community-support-coordinator